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A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murderAnna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is Journalism Worth Dying For? is a long-awaited collection of her final writing.Beginning with a brief introduction by the author about her pariah status, the book contains essays that characterize the self-effacing Politkovskaya more fully than she allowed in her other books. From deeply personal statements about the nature of journalism, to horrendous reports from Chechnya, to sensitive pieces of memoir, to, finally, the first translation of the series of investigative reports that Politkovskaya was working on at the time of her murder—pieces many believe led to her assassination.Elsewhere, there are illuminating accounts of encounters with leaders including Lionel Jospin, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, and such exiled figures as Boris Berezovsky, Akhmed Zakaev, Vladimir Bukovsky. Additional sections collect Politkovskaya’s non-political writing, revealing her delightful wit, deep humanity, and willingness to engage with the unfamiliar, as well as her deep regrets about the fate of Russia.From the Trade Paperback edition.read more
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Anna Politkovskaya was a correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and was an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya. The definition of a hero in many people’s eyes is a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities. Anna was more than a hero. She was the voice of the Russian people…the suppressed, the murdered, the victimized. She was extremely brave to speak out for the atrocities done to the people in Chechnya and other parts of Russia. She was murdered in her apartment in 2006.This book is written in Anna’s words in the format of news stories and investigative reports she had done over several years. She is one of many Russian journalists who has been murdered under Vladimir Putin’s regime and the judicial process for these murders, promised by Putin, are slow and lacking in conviction.This is a very eye-opening book for those who do not know the details of what has been going in Russia for the last several years. It is a dangerous and many times fatal job to be a journalist in Russia and I commend newspapers like the Novaya Gazeta for hiring the people who take the risk for the good of the Russian people. They will have their hands full now that President Putin has announced that he will seek a third non-consecutive term in the 2012 presidential elections.Thank you to NetGalley and Melville House Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book.read more
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